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How Do I Deal with Fall Allergies?

Is it allergy season again? We talk about “fall” allergies, but ragweed season starts as early as August in New York. Other late-summer and fall allergens include weeds and mold spores, especially from fallen leaves.

So if you’ve been coughing, sniffling, rubbing your eyes or sneezing a lot, it’s probably just your body mounting an allergic response to get rid of pesky pollen or spores.

Fall allergies aren’t dangerous, but they can be a nuisance. Luckily, over-the-counter and prescription medications can relieve sniffles and sneezing. The team at AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. can help you with your allergy symptoms, often through a single AFC TeleCare visit.

How Can I Stop Sneezing?

Consider whether symptoms occur indoors or outdoors. If pollen is blowing into your house, close your windows and use AC or fans, especially early in the morning when the pollen count is high. Still sneezing? Try over-the-counter remedies such as antihistamines and eye drops.

If your symptoms flare outside, try exercising later in the day. Change clothes and rinse off in the shower when you get home. Take out contact lenses to give itchy eyes a rest. And remember, pets carry pollen home, too!

Allergy Symptoms

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, watering eyes
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches

Do I Have Allergies or the Coronavirus?

This year, we’re all inclined to ask whether any symptoms, mild or severe, mean we have COVID-19. It’s fine to be worried!

If you’re experiencing the same symptoms you have every year, you are probably dealing with seasonal allergies. But if you have different symptoms—especially fever, coughing or shortness of breath—call a provider to make an appointment right away.

Seeing a Provider—Safely

  • Always call ahead and tell staff about your symptoms.
  • If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, self-isolate until you can see a provider.
  • Use telehealth visits, like AFC TeleCare, whenever possible.

Ready for help with your allergy symptoms? Make an AFC TeleCare appointment with our AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. team to find the support you need.